Art+ArchitectureNYC is an interdisciplinary course offered through the Fine Arts and ALI Departments at Otis College of Art and Design.
Art and Architecture are interdependent disciplines. Joined from early Greek/Egyptian times through the Renaissance, and continuing into Modernism and Post-Structuralism, they have not only inspired each other but have literally coexisted through the medium of space. Museums house art. Performances occur within the city fabric. Walls give way to graffiti. Zaha Hadid began her career as a painter. In each case there is a dialogue between the two disciplines - one that charges a place with meaning and promotes a social engagement with space. It is this relationship that we look to study, and there is no better site for examination of these ideas than New York City.
New York's unique history and current position as the center of the international arts market provides numerous examples of both art and the architecture that frames it. As a city, as well, New York offers both inspiration and opportunities for occupying space in innovative ways. The class will center on a ten-day trip to New York over spring break. During preliminary meetings students will engage the history of New York as a city and be introduced to its architecture and urban design. Once in New York, students will have the opportunity to visit museums, galleries, public art, urban spaces, and other pieces of architecture seeing first-hand a variety of artistic approaches as well as many of the world's best examples of architectural approaches to showing art and how art might engage with and occupy space in the city. Once back in LA, working in interdisciplinary teams, students will curate exhibitions out of the art we saw and design the spaces to house those exhibitions for their final project.
New York City, USA
March 16, 2018: Depart from Los Angeles
March 26, 2018: Return to Los Angeles
NOTE: Several course meetings will be held prior to departure throughout the Spring Semester. These meetings will cover a range of topics from travel preparation to the academic components of this course.
1. Click “Apply Now” at the top right corner of this page. This will lead you to create a travel account and apply for this course.
2. Once you receive the acceptance letter, you will need to enroll with the Registration office. The CRN and course code are provided at the top of the page.
3. Once you register, change your status to “Committed” in your travel account.
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(based on 24 paying participants, price subject to change based on number of participants)
Land & Water Transportation
Accommodations: Quads (UP TO 4 TO A ROOM)
2 Lunches and 2 Dinners
Excursions & Activities
Experiential Learning Activities
Museum Entrance Fee
Course Tuition ($)
Personal Expenses & some meals
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